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HBO's Entourage Season Seven Debuts Sunday, Behind-the-Scenes Video

HBO's Entourage Season Seven Debuts Sunday, Behind-the-Scenes Video
Jeremy Piven once bit my head off at a Toronto Fest party when I wanted to talk about Entourage instead of whatever forgettable movie he was in that year. Well, I'm still interested in the HBO series about Hollywood, even after six seasons. Accept it Piven: you were born to play Ari Emanuel--um, Gold. Season Seven starts Sunday night. Welcome back guys. Here's an advance a review and a preview (below). Tim Appelo will post a review tomorrow.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 27, 2010 12:52 PM
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Weekend Box Office: Toy Story 3 Clobbers Newbies Grown Ups, Knight and Day

Winning the weekend box office is about want-to-see. Audiences of all ages were compelled to check out Toy Story 3, which combines the magic of Pixar with beloved characters returning in a sequel that makes grown men cry. Moviegoers could wait for Adam Sandler comedy Grown Ups and Tom Cruise's comeback bid Knight and Day, which try as they might, Twentieth Century Fox marketers could not turn into a must-see. Anthony D'Alessandro does the studio numbers, while Peter Knegt does the indies.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • June 27, 2010 3:54 AM
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LAFF Winners Are A Family, Make Believe

LAFF Winners Are A Family, Make Believe
Pernille Fischer Christensen’s A Family won the Los Angeles Film Festival narrative award, while J. Clay Tweel’s Make Believe collected the documentary award at the awards brunch Saturday.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 26, 2010 8:14 AM
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Trailer Watch: David Fincher's The Social Network

Aaron Sorkin. Scott Rudin. David Fincher. Jesse Eisenberg. Mark Zuckerberg.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 25, 2010 12:01 PM
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Twilight Saga: Eclipse Downtown Premiere Draws 3000 Fans, 5000 Guests

Twilight Saga: Eclipse Downtown Premiere Draws 3000 Fans, 5000 Guests
From Monday morning, the Twilight fans camped out in a tent city set up in L.A.'s huge Nokia plaza. I walked past them when I went to a Monday night LAFF screening. Their pay-off was the Eclipse premiere Thursday night, the most fan-friendly event that I have ever seen.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 25, 2010 9:49 AM
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Law & Order Spin-Off, Czech Tax Breaks, Hulu Seeks Subscribers, Akira Goes PG-13

The Czech Republic recently unveiled a brand new tax break. If you're developing content with a budget over $700,000 and are willing to team up with a Czech producer, get thee to Czechoslovakia. Deadline reports that the new 20% break is aimed at foreign filmmakers. Having shot such films as G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Wanted, Casino Royale, and The Chronicles of Narnia in the Czech Republic, Hollywood has long taken the Eastern European nation seriously as a shooting location. Now there will be even greater reason to cross the pond and taste the original Budweiser (not the American hallmark now owned by Belgians). Speaking of which, could Europe be trying to undermine American Business? Could be if New Jersey (see Law and Order, above) or California are any indication of how the nation treats the entertainment industry.
  • By Cameron Carlson
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  • June 25, 2010 8:29 AM
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MGM in Flux, Jackson Wants Hobbits, Weinsteins Lose Library, Ortenberg to Apparition

There's a lot going on in Hollywood this summer, as the economy and DVD declines continue to take their toll on several struggling distributors, from MGM and Lionsgate to the Weinstein Co., Overture and Apparition. MGM is in flux, as it struggles to pull itself back from the brink of bankruptcy and figure out a way to get The Hobbit films made with Peter Jackson at the helm. But whether that's possible is still the question. MGM needs help.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 25, 2010 7:33 AM
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Inception Early Review: Rolling Stone Goes First

Peter Travers gives a 3 1/2 star review of Christopher Nolan's Inception in Rolling Stone. The review is not online yet. But The New York Post's Lou Lumenick found a hard copy on a New York newstand, and posted the bullet graph:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 24, 2010 5:37 AM
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Streep and Bridges, Burton and Kong, Damon at the Zoo, Mischer on Betty White as Oscar Host

- Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges - yes, please! Production Weekly says the pair, a pinnacle of Oscar clout, are finalizing deals to star as a couple undergoing marriage counseling in dramedy Great Hope Springs. ThePlaylist also notes that Philip Seymour Hoffman was suggested to play the couple's doctor, but his schedule may exclude him from that possibility. I Am Sam director Jessie Nelson is lined up to direct from a script written by Vanessa Taylor, a TV writer and producer who worked on series Alias, Everwood and Tell Me You Love Me.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 24, 2010 5:29 AM
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Longest Screen Kiss: Elena Undone Beats Hitchcock's Notorious

One way to get attention is to break a record.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 24, 2010 4:42 AM
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